Utopian Dialogue on Working Conditions in the Independent Performing Arts

 Fri 17. January 2020, 16:00 h | 90 Minutes
  HAU 2 | Bühne, Berlin

According to current scholarship on the subject, our working methods are »the future of work«. Flexible working hours, hybrid employment conditions, project-based work, shifting constellations and clients – that's the prognosis for all areas of work in the future.

Our working reality with regard to money and social security, however, is not viable for the future. Those active in the independent performing arts are still all too often subjected to precarious conditions. This is also because the prevailing institutional parameters aren't oriented towards our working relationships that embrace experimentation, assuming instead that the standard is full-time, normal employment.

In certain places we've been helping ourselves through collective structures and alternative safeguards. But these should be understood as makeshift remedies: Utopia is a system of work and social security that addresses our, apparently trendsetting, way of working. What would our ideal conditions be? How could they be created?

As an introduction to the topic, Dr. Joana Breidenbach, social entrepreneur and author, is presenting her estimation of how work will develop in the future. This is followed by a discussion with Janina Benduski, chairperson of the German Association of Independent Performing Arts' board and founding member of Ehrliche Arbeit, Valentin Döring, director of ver.di's arts and culture section, as well as its theatre and stage group, and Annekatrin Klepsch, vice-mayor and deputy for culture and tourism in Dresden, with Lisa Basten, researcher focusing on the subject of »good work«, as moderator.

In German, with simultaneous interpretation into English. Registration is not required.


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